Film Review: Kick-Ass 2

Kick-Ass 2

Kick-Ass 2 offers the same schtick as the first film. Fans of the 2010 film should know what to expect from its sequel.

Two years after the first real superhero Kick-Ass came on to the scene, there are an abundance of superheroes wishing to fight crime. While Dave wishes to team up and continue his crusade, Mindy reluctantly retires her Hit-Girl persona for high school…

Kick-Ass had its flaws, although it was an entertaining movie. This sequel is not as enjoyable as the first film. The narrative of Kick-Ass 2 is heavier. It is a story of adolescence as much as superheroes.

The theme of identity runs throughout the film, as it does in the majority of superhero movies. The identity crisis of Mindy is handled well, and there are some amusing high school sequences. Otherwise the theme of culpability, particularly in the second half of the film, is laid on thick.

Kick-Ass 2 is rather serious in terms of consequences.For the real world setting, there is a lot of death. The fact that there are numerous fatalities negates the power of these. That is to say, the impact of these tragedies is not really felt as it moves quickly on to the next one.

The first film was something of a parody of the superhero genre. This film loses the sense of parody, or commentary really, and is almost entirely assimilated by the genre. There are still some amusing references to comics and superhero films, but Kick-Ass 2 lacks the awareness of its predecessor.

Kick-Ass 2 is an incredibly violent film. The graphic violence seems to be there to shock. The device of a cute young girl using strong language grew tired in the first movie, but it is still included here, presumably as an attempt to generate laughs. Performances are decent from both new and returning cast members.

The first film was enjoyable enough, if over-hyped. Kick-Ass 2 is never boring, but equally fails to satisfy.

Stuff To Look At

Posters and trailers for some of the summer’s most anticipated releases here, including Only God Forgives, Elysium, and Kick-Ass 2

Only God Forgives

One of the most anticipated films of the year, Only God Forgives reunites Ryan Gosling with Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn. Also starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Only God Forgives hits UK screens on 2nd August 2013.

The Counsellor

I think ‘star-studded’ is the correct term with which to describe The Councellor. Directed by Ridley Scott and starring Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Brad Pitt, The Counsellor  is due for release later this year.


Here is the latest trailer for future-set blockbuster Elysium. The film, which stars Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, offers a dytopian vision of Earth, with its inhabits trying to get to a perfect planet. Elysium is released in UK cinemas on 23rd August 2013.

Kick-Ass 2

Kick-Ass 2

Kick-Ass 2 has been in the news thanks to Jim Carrey’s recent comments. I don’t think this bit of publicity will hurt the film’s box office chances too much. Kick-Ass 2 hits UK screens on 14th August 2013.

The Conjuring

Here is the latest trailer for horror The Conjuring. I tend to find a lot of recent horror films quite disappointing in their ability to scare. I hope The Conjuring will do the trick. The film is out in UK cinemas on 2nd August 2013.


Above is a featurette for upcoming biopic Rush. The film focuses on Formula 1 rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Rush is released on 13th September 2013.

Stuff to Look At

A catch up of all the trailers you may have missed for the Easter weekend…

The Big Wedding

Robert De Niro heads an all star cast in comedy The Big Wedding. I wish Robert De Niro was still making films with Martin Scorsese, but there you go. The film also stars Susan Sarandon, Diane Keaton, and Katherine Heigl, who surely cemented this role in her pact with the devil. The Big Wedding is released in UK cinemas on 29th May 2013.


Above is a featurette on upcoming movie Oblivion. Starring Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko and Melissa Leo, Oblivion is a future-set science fiction film from the director of Tron: Legacy. Oblivion is out in cinemas on 10th April 2013.

Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness looks very promising. J.J. Abrams’ 2009 update of Star Trek was a great sci-fi action romp, and Into Darkness seems to be following the same path. Starring Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto and Benedict Cumberbatch, Star Trek Into Darkness hits UK screens on 9th May 2013.

World War Z

Brad Pitt stars in apocalyptic extravaganza World War Z. Based on the novel by Max Brooks, Pitt stars as Gerry Lane, a UN employee trying to ascertain the cause of a pandemic which is threatening the world. World War Z is released in UK cinemas on 21st June 2013.

Despicable Me 2

Gru is back! But perhaps more importantly, Agnes is back! From the above trailer, Despicable Me 2 appears to have a sound plot. It also features a host of talent, including Steve Carell, Al Pacino, Kristen Wiig and Steve Coogan. Despicable Me 2 is due for release on 28th June 2013.

Kick-Ass 2

Hit Girl is now a fully-fledged teen! Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloe Moretz return for Kick Ass 2. The sequel, which also stars Jim Carrey, is released on UK screens on 19th July 2013.